Wednesday 7 December 2016

Documentary 'All By Himself' telling tragic story of George Best to premiere soon

Published 02/09/2016 | 10:57

George Best
George Best

The tragic story of Northern Ireland footballing legend George Best is set to be told again - this time in a documentary movie.

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Titled George Best: All By Himself, it has been produced by Belfast based Fine Point Films, makers of the controversial Bobby Sands: 66 Days.

The new movie - set to premiere at the BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival in October - examines the life and times of the soccer superstar, from the earliest days of his life in east Belfast to becoming an international football legend with Manchester United.

The documentary directed by award-winning Daniel Gordon and backed by the likes of international cable channel ESPN, BBC and NI Screen, will be shown at a prestigious first screening in Leicester Square next month.

A 'homecoming' premiere is expected to take place in Belfast in early 2017, before it hits cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Trevor Birney, producer, said: "George Best is a global icon and our aim was to present his life story to an international audience.

"Our objective was to bring the story to another level through extended interviews with a number of high profile people, delving deeper into their relationship with Best through his periods of significant success - and also when suffering from his darkest moments from his alcoholism which defined most of his later life."

Birney recently stoked controversy when his Bobby Sands documentary was criticised by unionists who accused it of glamorising the IRA.

He was also the interviewer of 'Peru Two' drugs mule Michaella McCollum, after she was released from jail.

The world premiere of the movie will take place on October 14 in Leicester Square.

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